Being a Kid
always been able to look back on my childhood as the best time of my life. My parents took me fishing, taught me to swim,
and I was taught to read by my mother and my favorite aunt, Aunt Myrtle. Oh sure, I learned things in school too, but they
were more of a social nature like developing friendships, avoiding bullies, stuff like that.
skills opened the door to a world of excitement and fantasy, the comic books. Some of my classmates were
struck by the same lightning bolt and we became collectors of comics. We had no club or anything organized like that, but
whenever we visited another collector on our bicycles we took along our some of our prized stash of comics, the traders.
We all looked forward to an active Saturday afternoon trading session. Our traders were comics
new to our circle of friends, most likely treasures obtained from other collectors from away, a cousin or whatever. Any comic
we hadn’t read many times was a must have, and it would be traded around the circle until no one wanted it any more.
Then it would settle into the bottom of a collection, patiently waiting for the day that some trader from away might take
We learned a lot about commerce from our trading sessions. There was always bargaining. One
prized comic might be traded for several lesser pulp fictions. All of this made up the economic, banking and monetary system
of our circle. If we had realized the current value of some of those comics, we’d have understood interest rates and
inflation as well.
Our photo shows Nelson Leuschner of West River, Antigonish County Nova Scotia, enjoying salmon
fishing with his dad. I wonder if Nelson is into comics. Anyhow, the message is clear: Take a kid fishing!
Batman was (and still is) a great comic hero. This fly was tied as a tribute to that great
caped crusader. If you look closely, you’ll see Commissioner Gordon’s bat signal reaching into
the sky to summon Batman. Since Batman had no special powers, he gave us hope that we too might grow up to be a Batman, or
at least a Robin!
Partridge Bartleet Traditional 2/0
Braided mono dyed black
X-fine oval gold tinsel, Pumpkin floss
Golden pheasant crests dyed black
X-large oval gold tinsel
pair of golden pheasant tippets dyed purple
Black hen saddle hackle
Married strips of black and blue goose flank with the black strips wider and the blue strips longer
pheasant crest dyed black
Black, with several coats of Anglers Corner Glossy Wet Head Cement
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